By Denise MannDiktaban-opt

Plastic surgeon Theodore Diktaban, MD, FACS, is one of the go-to doctors for body-contouring procedures in New York City. While his prowess with a laser lipo wand is well-known, the double board-certified surgeon also donates his time to The Little Baby Face Foundation, where he performs life-changing pro bono otoplasty for children with ear malformations. Diktaban sat down with PSP to discuss his practice, his love for this publication, and why he can’t get enough Italian food.

1. Procedure you perform most often?

Liposuction and Smart Lipo.

2. Why?

Many patients find that despite diet and exercise, there are stubborn areas of fat they are unable to reshape.

3. Procedure you perform least often?

Thigh lifts.

4. How come?

This procedure is not requested partly because it is associated with a lengthy recovery. It also produces scars in the groin area, which have a tendency to widen and drop into a lower position. Thigh lifts help contour the upper inner thigh, but it fails to help the area above the knee, where many patients wish to see the improvement.

5. Favorite procedure?

Rhinoplasty. I have been performing rhinoplasty and septoplasty surgery for over 30 years, and it is still the procedure I love doing. Having had my own nose operated on for cosmetic and functional concerns, I gained the motivation that led me to become a double board-certified otolaryngologist and plastic surgeon. I enjoy the challenge and the overwhelming satisfaction of the successful outcome.

6. Biggest trend you are seeing in practice today?

Minimally invasive procedures, such as Cellulaze for cellulite reduction and SideLaze/Precision Tx for facial and neck tightening, are en vogue. I also see a great deal of treatment for excessive sweating in the underarm.

7. How much of your practice is cosmetic?


8. Healthiest habit?

I have been blessed with a very high energy level, but I always make sure that my body is nourished and well-rested.

9. Guilty pleasure?

I would consider myself a foodie. What’s there not to love about food? I enjoy exploring different types of restaurants and tasting new cuisines. Italian, so far, has been my long-running favorite.

10. Favorite source of industry news and why?

Plastic Surgery News by the American Society of Plastic Surgery and Plastic Surgery Practice magazine. They both are the most up-to-date and informative industry news outlets I have come across.

Denise Mann is the editor of Plastic Surgery Practice. She can be reached at [email protected].